Scary, and expensive, armed rob at video store

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A gunman held up a Fifth Avenue video store shortly before closing on Sept. 11 and took close to $1,000 and 200 video games, cops said.

The man barged into the store, which is between Seventh and Eighth streets, at around 10:30 pm, and pointed a gun at the clerk.

After taking $884 from the register, he helped himself to the video games. Then, he waved the gun around some more and ordered the clerk into a bathroom, where he made him lay face down.

But before leaving, he stole $88 and a Metrocard from the 21-year-old worker.

Hungry thieves

Two thieves robbed a food deliveryman of his cellphone, cash and five cheeseburger deluxes by exercising the classic “phone-and-mug” scam on Sept. 12.

Cops said that the two men called a Fifth Avenue diner at around 1 am to order food, but then, tellingly, told the restaurant that they would meet the deliveryman on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street rather than at a home or apartment.

The 23-year-old deliveryman was promptly ambushed by the two thieves. The first man asked him for the time, but when he looked down at his watch, he was punched in the nose.

After he fell to the ground, the second man started kicking him in the head while the first perp rifled the victim’s pockets.

Cops later went to the diner, which is between Ninth and 10th streets, but the caller ID had not recorded the thieves’ cellphone number.

Some neighbor!

A Second Street woman told cops that her neighbor hit her on the arm with a dog chain “for no apparent reason” on Sept. 8.

The 70-year-old victim told cops that she was just “cleaning her front yard” near the corner of Fifth Avenue when the neighbor swung the chain at her, leaving a bruise on her shoulder and a laceration on her left hand and finger.

The incident was classified as assault.

Bar bill

In what has become a Police Blotter staple, a woman partying at a Fifth Avenue bar on Sept. 9 lost her cellphone, cash and cards to a thief who swiped her handbag off a chair.

The 30-year-old victim told cops that she had been at the bar, which is at Sackett Street, at 9:30 pm. Her handbag also contained various books and sunglasses.

Likes Apples

Two apartments in the same Union Street building were broken into on Sept. 12 — and the thief seems to have a taste for Apples, cops said.

In one case, the 27-year-old resident of a fifth floor apartment told cops that she was not in the apartment between 9:40 am and 7:45 pm. Upon her return, she discovered that her Apple laptop, plus various accessories, was gone.

Three hours earlier, a sixth floor neighbor found that her laptop and desktop computers — both made by Steve Jobs and Co. — had been taken from the apartment, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

Burgs in burg

At least six other homes — including one with $20,000 in jewelry hidden away — were broken into last week. Here’s a roundup:

• Thieves broke into a Second Street apartment on Sept. 16 and got away with more than $5,000 in electronics and cash.

The 53-year-old victim told cops that the perps must have broken in between 9 am and 3 pm, when she was not at the apartment, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

She lost a $4,900 laptop, $600 and various credit and debit cards.

• A 28-year-old Third Street man lost close to $30,000 in cash, jewelry and electronics when he was away for two days last week, cops said.

The victim told police that the thieves must have entered between 11 pm on Sept. 12 and 8:30 am on Sept. 14, when he returned home to find that $20,000 in jewelry, plus two digital cameras, two iPods and a laptop computer were missing.

He told police that “several people,” including a “dog walker, housekeeper [and] maintenance workers” have access to the home, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

• A 50-year-old 13th Street woman lost $500 — in loose change stored in a jug — when a thief or thieves broke into her apartment on Sept. 14.

The victim told police that she was not in the apartment between 8:15 am and 2 pm, when the perp entered and took the big change jug, plus stylish bags and video game controllers.

The apartment is between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

• A thief who raided a man’s Eighth Avenue apartment on Sept. 10 could now open an electronics store with the haul.

Police say that the 40-year-old victim lost two iPods, a hard drive, two digital cameras, storage disks and various batteries and cases in the break-in, which occurred between 2 pm on Sept. 10 and 11 am on Sept. 13.

The thief had entered the apartment, which is at Seventh Street, through the rear window, cops said.

• A Garfield Place man told cops that a thief broke into his basement unit on Sept. 11 and got away with a 23-inch flat-screen television.

The 48-year-old man said the perp entered between 8 am and 2 pm by breaking the doorframe of the apartment, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

• A thief broke into a 10th Street apartment by forcing open a rear window before helping himself to hundreds of dollars in cash, jewelry and electronics on Sept. 10.

The 36-year-old resident of the apartment, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, told cops that she was out of the apartment from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, when the thief entered and took the $450, iPod and various bling.

Shop ’n’ switch

A robber tricked a shopgirl out of her handbag by first pretending to be interested in one of the Seventh Avenue boutique’s fancy models.

According to police, the thief entered the store, which is at Berkeley Place, at around noon on Sept. 16 and asked to examine a bag in the window.

After fondling it for a few seconds, he told the 19-year-old clerk that the bag was “too expensive.” He then left, but about 10 minutes later, the clerk realized that her own bag was missing. And then she remembered the odd feeling she had when the fake shopper had left — she told cops she remembered that he had left with something “under his jacket.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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